Australia’s Artacho/Laird enter the FIVB World Championships seeded No. 27 and as the 2014 U-23 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships (2014-Myslowice, Poland). Artacho is 21, 5-9 while Laird is 22, 6-3. Together they have competed in four FIVB World Tour events as a team entering the 2015 season. They both reside in Adelaide and together they compiled a 9-1 record in winning the gold medal in last year’s U-23s. Artacho has played twice before in The Hague, finishing 19th in 2008 at the U-19 FIVB World Championships with Zina Stone and 25th in 2013 at the world tour stop with Jessyka Ngauamo. Artacho also finished 37th in the 2013 FIVB World Championships (Poland) with Ngauamo while this will be the first senior world championship for Laird.